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Eft, Emotional Freedom Technique or Tapping - an Alternative Healing Therapy

Updated on May 13, 2020
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Rajan is a botany and chemistry major. He has worked as a poultry breeder for 23 years, breeding layer and broiler parents.

About Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)

EFT or Emotional Freedom Technique, also known as Tapping Therapy, was developed by Gary Craig in the 1990s, in the United States.

The basic principles involved are those that are employed in acupuncture/acupressure, psychology and kinesiology (the scientific study of human movement).

EFT Points


About EFT?

It is a psychological acupressure technique that not only benefits the emotional health of a person but heals physical disease as well.

It is much like the Indian AcupressureTherapy, with some minor differences like the location of the points, the self-affirmations and the application method but in essence, the principle remains the same.

These techniques help the emotional state of a person, that has been disturbed due to stress, personal problems, anxieties etc. These emotions are negative and disturb the mind and affect the emotions of the person.

These negative emotions act as a block in the body's energy system. EFT helps to unblock these emotions and free the way for a free flow of energy, leading to the restoration of mind and body health.

EFT uses the fingertips to tap specific points on the head, face, chest etc, while the person undergoing the therapy is asked to focus or tune in to the specific disturbing emotion or feeling. Simultaneously, the patient is supposed to repeat certain positive affirmations while tuned in to the emotion.

The tappings may be repeated in the same session until the entire negative emotions are gone.

EFT can be done by oneself on one's own body or the services of a practitioner of this therapy can be taken.

EFT is done sitting in a chair.

Do The Negative Emotions Return Back?

The specific feeling or emotion for which Emotional Freedom Techniques are done returns very rarely. Although, it must be kept in the mind that there could be many more such emotions which will need to be resolved in separate sessions.

How Is EFT Done? The Method

The emotional freedom technique involves tapping specific locations or points with the fingers while repeating positive affirmations.

Knowledge of these locations and the method of tapping are simple to learn.

The traditional way has been to tap with the index and middle finger of either the left hand or the right. The points that have to be tapped exist on both sides of the body, so one can tap a combination of left and right side points in the body.

These days tapping is done by using all the fingers of each hand. The benefit of this method is that it covers a larger area being tapped and consequently more points being tapped. It also enhances the chances of the points being tapped rather than it being missed if 2 fingers were used.

There are more acupressure meridians on the fingertips than the finger pads and therefore the fingertips are preferred. However, it is to be ensured that the fingernails are trimmed enough so as not to cause injury while performing EFT.

The tapping has to be firm and solid yet not hard. Also, the fingers of each hand have to tap alternately meaning when one is tapping with fingers of one hand the other hands' fingers are resting and as soon as one finishes the other fingers start and this process is repeated.

Each point is tapped about 5-7 times or about the time it takes for 1 full breath.

The tapping is preferably started from the topmost point in the body and each subsequent tapping is done by going lower down. Though tapping can be done in any sequence the above method ensures that no points are missed as you are going down as it is easier to remember these points and the points that have been done.

Remember to remove watches and glasses before starting this procedure to avoid the electromagnetic and physical hindrance these things could cause as also to be able to tap at the exact points.

The Tapping Points

Following are the locations of the tapping points and their brief description:

Karate Chop Point

  • Karate Chop Point

This is located in the middle of the fleshy part on the outside of the hand.

On Top Of The Head

  • On Top Of The Head (TH)

It is in the centre of the head.


  • Eyebrows (EB)

It is located at the beginning of the eyebrows above the nose but to its either sides.

Side of the Eyes

  • Side Of The Eyes (SE)

They are located near the corner of the eyes.

Under The Eyes

  • Under The Eyes (UE)

The location is below the eye sockets where the bone starts.

Under The Nose

  • Under The Nose (UN)

Located between the bottom of the nose and upper lip.

Under The Chin

  • Chin (Ch)

It is located in the centre of the lower lip and chin.

The Collar Bone

  • The Collar Bone (CB)

Located at the meeting point of the breast bone, collar bone and the first rib, on either side.

Under The Arms

  • Under The Arms (UA)

Located at both sides of the body around nipple height.

Wrist Points

  • Wrists (WR)

Located at inside of both the wrists.

Some Points To Be Kept In Mind

While tapping is performed positive affirmations are repeated. These affirmations are basically meant to acknowledge the problem and self-accepting them.

It is interesting to note that though these affirmations have to be repeated during the therapy.

  • It is not necessary that one believes in them. They just have to be said.
  • A bit more emphasis or feeling has to be put into the saying.
  • It can be said loudly or silently though saying it aloud is more effective.

The tuning into the problem is the thought of the negative emotion, causing the specific problem, that one holds in the mind.

All negative emotions cause a block and disrupt the body's' energy system.
Removing this block and making for the free flow of the energy is only possible if this emotion/feeling that is blocking the energy is kept in thought while repeating the affirmations. Hence, tuning in to the emotions is an absolute must to a successful EFT session.

Time of Performing EFT

Emotional freedom technique can be done at any time of the day.

  • In the morning upon waking up.
  • Before having meals.
  • When in the bathroom.
  • Whenever you are free for a few minutes at the office or home.
  • Before going to sleep.

Issues That Have Been Resolved Using EFT

  • Trauma/Abuse/Panic Attacks.
  • Phobias.
  • Stress/Anxieties.
  • Depression.
  • Drug Abuse.
  • A number of physical ailments, like headaches, aches, pains, breathing problems etc.
  • Weight loss.

Emotional freedom technique can also be applied to improve performance in the areas of sales, public speaking, performing arts, sports and other innumerable areas.


The information provided in this hub is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult your physician or health care provider before taking any home remedies, supplements or embarking on any new health regime.

Emotional Freedom Techniques - By Gary Craig Himself

Overcoming Depression with EFT

Why EFT Works - A Scientific Explanation

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2012 Rajan Singh Jolly


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      Rajeev Prabhu 

      5 years ago

      Like your articles they are indeed helpful...voted up !!!

    • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      6 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      Thanks for visiting the hub and for ratifying the effectiveness of this safe alternate therapy in pain management, Heidi.

      I appreciate your votes and the sharing of this hub as well.

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      Heidi Thorne 

      6 years ago from Chicago Area

      I learned about EFT at a networking event some years ago. I have used it for headaches and it is quite amazing. Simple and drug-free which always appeals to me. Great info! Voted up, useful and sharing!

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      6 years ago from Cape Town South Africa

      This is a great article on EFT. I only really got into EFT about 6 months ago when my publishing house published a book called No Problem - the Upside of Saying No on how to say "No" graciously by using EFT techniques. As such we would like to support you in your work as well.

    • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      7 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      Thanks, TG! Namaste.

    • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      7 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      Carol, Glad to know you know what tapping is and have practiced it for a while. Appreciate you visit and read. Thanks.

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      carol stanley 

      7 years ago from Arizona

      This was a reminder for me to get back into tapping. I did it daily for a few months..and then got involved in other things. Bookmarking to go over again.

    • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      8 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      Great news, Harsha. Go ahead with it. Also I will be publishing a hub on a novel alternative healing therapy in a couple of days. This will also be useful. Do check it out.

      Thanks for your input.

    • Harsha Vardhana R profile image

      Harsha Vardhana R 

      8 years ago from Bangalore

      Thanks. The hub just reminded to restart EFT seriously. I have attended training programs and have the entire DVD set by Gary. Many times it has helped me. But the current practice is

      quite minimal. I would start again!

    • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      8 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      Stephanie, glad you found this one interesting. Alternative therapies are quite effective at relieving a host of problems.

      Thanks for the visit. Much appreciated.

    • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      8 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      It is good to know you are motivated to try out the procedure. thanks for stopping by. I appreciate your feedback.

    • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      8 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      Audrey, your input is very refreshing. I'm happy to note that affirmations are not a criteria to the helpful benefit. Glad to note that the affirmmations are not an absolute must and I had read that having faith in the procedure was not a prerequisite to its efficacy, although I did not put down in the hub. Personally I think having faith in anything one does makes it easier to achieve.

      I'm glad you stopped by, more glad you liked the write up and gladder still that you left your valuable input which will help other readers.

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      Stephanie Bradberry 

      8 years ago from New Jersey

      I love learning about alternative methods of healing. And this is an interesting one. I think I have seen something related on the show "The Genesis of Healing" on Veria. They talked about how some believe that negative emotions and stress are held in different parts of the body and over years the accumulation can become painful or manifest in many different ways. So there are techniques to relieve the emotions and stress.

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      Imogen French 

      8 years ago from Southwest England

      This is a very informative hub, I have had similar treatments, but never would have thought I could do it myself. You have explained and illustrated the basics of this therapy very well, so now we can all try it - many thanks for the info.

    • AudreyHowitt profile image

      Audrey Howitt 

      8 years ago from California

      I use meridian tapping with voice students all the time. It helps wake up the mask area and reducing performance anxiety. And my research shows that the affirmations, while much more helpful, are not necessary to obtain benefit--so interesting to find this hub this morning. Thank you!!

    • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      8 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      Ruchira, EFT is a comparitively recent innovative therapy very much like our traditional acupressure therapy in that this also has pressure points that need to be stimulated. I would love to have your feedback once you use it.

      As always your stopping by is a pleasure and your comments a delight.

      Thank you for all the votes, share and the good wishes.

      My heartfelt thanks.

    • Ruchira profile image


      8 years ago from United States

      wow...this is new to me.

      Was familiar with accupressure but not this therapy. Will give it a try on myself :)

      Thank you so much Rajanje.

      You are the pandora of great information and am happy to be following you.

      Wishing you a blissful year ahead...cheers!

      voted up as interesing and sharing it across.

    • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      8 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      Jasmith, yes this is it. A ratification for the therapy. This will set at rest many doubts.

      Thanks for such a wonderful feedback. Much appreciated.

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      Jen Smith 

      8 years ago from UK

      I've found EFT really helpful. One of the things I like about it is how you can learn it (quickly) and that you can be self reliant and use it whenever needed.

    • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      8 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      Christy, I'm glad to see you here. Happy that this hub provided you with some new information.

      Thanks for appreciating. I'm thankful to you for sparing time to read.

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      Christy Birmingham 

      8 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I had not heard of this before, how interesting Rajan! The power or tapping indeed. Thank-you for sharing about this subject, your hubs are so informative!

    • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      8 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      Aurelio, it is always better to learn any therapy from a practitioner first. Then it may be done on one's own. As these therapies do not have side effects, trying them out on their own will not harm one.

      Thanks for giving it the votes.

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      Aurelio Locsin 

      8 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Can someone without the proper training actually use this technique? Or does it require a knowledgeable practitioner to become effective. Voting this Up and Interesting.

    • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      8 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      Melovy, this is an interesting feedback. Thanks.

      I appreciate your taking out time to read and comment.

    • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      8 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      agree whatever one believes one achieves. Like the saying "It's all in the mind".

      Kelly, thanks for giving the hub a read and leaving your appreciative comments.

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      Yvonne Spence 

      8 years ago from UK

      Coincidentally I have just been watching a video about a US army veteran with PTSD who has found relief with EFT. Several veterans are taking part in a study to examine the effectiveness of EFT. This video was part of world wide telesummit that has just been going in in EFT.

      I don’t actually practice it much myself as I have another 2 processes that I find equally effective, but I do know several people who use it regularly and find it very helpful. And it did help me get over a fear of dentists!

      A useful hub.

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      Kelly Umphenour 

      8 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      I really think if you believe you can achieve:) This sounds very interesting...I love how you have the actual Tapping points explained too.

      The mysteries of the scientific ways the body works is fascinating!


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